Part B News Features
Question: Here’s an example of how our doctors and non-physician practitioners are documenting office E/M visits: “Met with [patient], discussed test results from [date], recommended con... More
Recent changes mandated by Congress and CMS that boost the status of physician assistants (PA) — or physician associates, as some groups prefer — is another sign that the providers formerl... More
The most used preventive service codes under Medicare in 2020, like most other codes, suffered a big utilization drop versus the previous pre-COVID year. Yet the biggest earner among them, the subse... More
Question: Here’s an example of how our doctors and non-physician practitioners are documenting office E/M visits: “Met with [patient], discussed test results from [date], recommended con... More
Recent changes mandated by Congress and CMS that boost the status of physician assistants (PA) — or physician associates, as some groups prefer — is another sign that the providers formerl... More
The most used preventive service codes under Medicare in 2020, like most other codes, suffered a big utilization drop versus the previous pre-COVID year. Yet the biggest earner among them, the subse... More
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On Jan. 4, 2021, CMS updated the Part B conversion factor to $34.89, an increase of 8% over the previously finalized rate. The agency also revised total relative value units (RVU) for hundreds of services. Find the latest fees here.
Through the array of charts and data contained in this special report, you’ll find key characteristics of the medical practice professional working in ambulatory care settings today. From education and credentialing to emerging responsibilities and shifting practice trends, discover an illustrative look at the key personnel keeping medical practices going strong.
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The most used preventive service codes under Medicare in 2020, like most other codes, suffered a big utilization drop versus the previous pre-COVID year. Yet the biggest earner among them, the subsequent annual wellness visit (AWV), performed relatively well.
Medicare Part B claims for most E/M office visits (99201-99215) reported with place of service (POS) 11 (Office) dipped in 2020 compared to claims submitted in 2019. Claims for these services fell by a total of 42.5 million visits year to year, with 99211 being the only code that experienced an increase — of 243,990 claims — during the first year of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

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